Immerse yourself in current events and unprecedented political changes in the capital of the United Kingdom. Participate in two Political Science courses over a four-week experience that will explore differing perspectives on international government and policies. Meet political party leaders and discuss politics in United Kingdom in the aftermath of Brexit. With London as your classroom you’ll visit historical sites that will provide context for recent shifts in the political landscape.
You will enroll in two, four-credit classes while in London. These courses will combine classroom learning with experiential excursions that provide access to important locations and individuals within the political sphere of the United Kingdom and European Union. Political Parties and Elections in the UK and Ireland will be taught by University of Oregon Professor Priscilla Southwell with a companion course, Contemporary British Politics, taught by Andrew Whitehead. Both courses are recognized and approved for academic credit at the University of Oregon and can apply to the Political Science major or minor.
Faculty and Staff
Priscilla Southwell is professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon. She is the author of over seventy articles or book chapters on political parties & elections, primarily focused in European and U.S. politics. She previously taught in UO study abroad programs in Avignon, France and Siena, Italy. She served as Associate Dean for the Social Sciences from 2001-2008, as Department Head from 1998-2001 and 2010-2016. She has just finished a sabbatical year, including travel to the U.K. and France. She has also traveled to South Korea, several Latin America countries, and even Antarctica.
Dr Andrew Whitehead has been until recently the Editor of BBC World Service News, the BBC’s biggest radio network reaching more than forty million listeners around the world. During his career, he has been a foreign correspondent, a correspondent covering British politics, a news presenter and a maker of award winning documentaries. He has spent a semester as a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.
You will join a community of residents from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as part of life in one of the University of London residence halls. The hall is located in central London, close to the GEO Centre, the British Museum and the London Tube.
You will have your own single study bedroom and share bathrooms with other residents. All single rooms have a hand basin, fitted furniture consisting of bed (including linens), desk, chair, and extensive storage for clothes and books. Rooms are fitted with a telephone, Wi-Fi, and data socket.
The residence hall has study rooms, lounges, computer lab, and laundry facilities available to students. Daily breakfast is included in the program fee, and is taken in the hall's cafeteria. Shared refrigerators, microwaves, and kettles are also available in the hall common areas and there are grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance.
Dates and Deadlines
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If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.
Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.